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Step towards a PhD

Academia requires graduates to enhance their research capabilities and skills. The Master of Arts (by Research) allows students to research within an area of interest and develop their communication, qualitative and quantitative research skills.

Become a recognised specialist within academia

Students in the Master of Arts (by Research) can research in an area of interest within the Faculty of Society & Design. Students are supervised by Academics with specialist knowledge in an array of areas. Graduates can use this program as a stepping stone to a PhD program.

Key features

  • Specialise in a specific area of interest
  • Supervision by Academics with an array of specialist knowledge
  • Stepping stone towards a PhD

About the program

The Master of Arts program, by research only, is offered in most areas of study in the Faculty of Society & Design. Prior to formal application, intending applicants need to give consideration to the specific research topic they wish to investigate. This should be determined in consultation with a member of the academic staff of the Faculty to see whether the Faculty can provide the appropriate supervision. Show more

The Master of Arts program, by research only, is offered in most areas of study in the Faculty of Society & Design. Prior to formal application, intending applicants need to give consideration to the specific research topic they wish to investigate. This should be determined in consultation with a member of the academic staff of the Faculty to see whether the Faculty can provide the appropriate supervision. The candidate must be familiar enough with the relevant research area to be able to undertake specialised study in that field. Show less

ModeOn Campus
Duration6 semesters (2 years)
Starting semesters
  • September 2017
  • January 2018
  • May 2018
  • September 2018
Program typeMaster Research
Study areaInternational Relations and Humanities, Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Program codeHS-23072
CRICOS code063454D
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: sbc@bond.edu.au

The Master of Arts program provides students with the necessary research skills for academic careers in the university or research sector, or professional employment.

The Master of Arts (by research) project submitted for examination must be between 40,000 - 50,000 words in length, and written in English.

Continued enrolment in the program is conditional on the submission of satisfactory six-monthly progress reports.

Outstanding candidates who make significant progress in their research during the first nine months (or part-time equivalent) of their research may be considered for PhD candidature. In successful cases, the PhD candidature will be considered to have begun at the time of commencement of the Master's degree.

The annual program fees for the Master of Arts (by Research) are:

  • $34,644
  • $35,856

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

Academic requirements

The minimum requirement for admission to the Masters of Arts (by Research) program is a four-year (i.e. eight semester) Honours degree (First Class, 2A, 2B) or a qualification or combination of qualifications deemed to be equivalent to the above by the HDR Committee.

Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will be required to provide documented evidence that you have achieved an IELTS score = 7.0 (no subscore less than 6.5. Test results should be less than two years old.

Scholarships

Bond University offers limited numbers of Research Training Program (RTP) stipend scholarships for domestic and international students.

Credit for prior study

Transfer credit is not available in this program.

Key dates

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How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the Online Application Form. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply.